Griffith Park

Griffith Park, Los Angeles: Hours, Address, Griffith Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Griffith Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Covering more than 4,107 acres of natural terrain, this is the largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States, which offers numerous family attractions and activities.
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,592 contributions
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Every couple of years we stop by Griffith Park during our SoCal trip. This time COVID guidelines were posted all over the park but there was a mixture of people with and without masks. When you enter the park, all parking was free. However, we did. It want to hike up to the observatory so we continued driving up and ended paying $10 per hour for parking. Pay stations are easy to find and accept only credit cards. There was spots along the road and a parking lot at the top by the observatory. It was good to stretch our legs after the drive. Branching off the main road were different trails but since it was close to lunch we opted to stay on the paved walkways. We took the requisite photos with the Hollywood sign in the background though it was a little small. We stoped by to see the James Dean statue. On the ground surrounding the observatory were stamped different solar events. Behind the observatory, we got the smoggy view of downtown LA. We’ve seen better. Since the observatory was closed we could not walk all the way around and had to turn back. It’s been awhile since we actually visited the observatory so we’ll have to come back when it’s open again.
Written May 28, 2021
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Shanelle
Santa Monica, CA2,397 contributions
Friends
Popular recreational area with a bunch of interconnecting hiking trails. Some of the trails are out-and-back, but you have the option of taking a quick hike or extending your trail to take up a full day. The trails are exposed so bring lots of water and wear sunscreen. The trails are popular, particularly on weekends, so try getting there earlier. There are a few picnic tables/benches scattered around. No bathrooms unless you head over to the Observatory. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

There are parking lots by the Greek Theater (free) as well as street parking, or you can park up by the Observatory ($15 per hour). There’s a separate lane for ride share so you could get dropped off in front of the Observatory (currently closed during covid). You could chill at one of the green spaces and have a picnic (Jitlada is only a 1.5 mi/10 min drive away!) or just enjoy some urban nature. You can see the hollywood sign or take in views of Downtown or Burbank (assuming there’s no smog or wildfire smoke). Griffith Park is LA’s answer to Central Park, and good for both locals and tourists alike.
Written September 26, 2020
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Diane B
North Canton, OH2,071 contributions
Couples
This is a must-do if you are visiting Los Angeles. Up on top of the hill away from the city you can experience the amazing views and the vast valley below. Almost 360 degrees of views. View of the Hollywood sign also.
You get a chance to be out in the natural beauty of this part of California and enjoy the great outdoors. You can take a hike or bike on one of the many trails.

Public restrooms and running water are available.
There is a parking lot at the top where the observatory is located and metered parking on the road side going up the hill.

The observatory is free but you may need to pay for parking. It opens about noon on weekdays but the park opens in the morning.
Written March 13, 2020
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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,643 contributions
Solo
The Griffith Park is a hiking area on Mount Hollywood where the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign sits. Many visitors and locals go for hike there and stay till evening to watch the LA city lights as the sun sets. Very nice view from here. Also this is where you get real close to the Hollywood sign. Must visit and see.
Written February 24, 2020
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Debbie M
Fort Walton Beach, FL182 contributions
Couples
We paid the outrageous $15 per hour parking fee in order to use the trails open during COVID to hike towards the Hollywood sign. Despite all of the warnings to remain hydrated, there were ZERO places to buy water or refill bottles along the hiking trails. Rstrooms were open at the observatory level, but that was the only amenity available. Hike to the sign was fairly easy and would have been enjoyable had it not been the hottest day of the year (over 100 degrees before 11am) with no water options available. Would definately try more trails on a return trip with better planning.
Written September 6, 2020
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jdc8mbc
California625 contributions
We weren't sure how to get up to the Observatory since amber signs indicated that the parking lot was full. We did find a parking spot along Vista del Valle drive and it turns out we were right by the Boy Scout Trail head which leads up to the Observatory. The hike is a short, but somewhat steep 0.6 mile (we're senior citizens). There are views of the city and the Hollywood sign. The Observatory itself is educational... but it was crowded on the weekend. The cafe was horrible -- served ice-box cold hot dogs and the person behind the counter would neither heat the hot dog nor offered an exchange for a warm hot dog. Literally left a bad taste in our mouths.
Written January 16, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,819 contributions
A vast space having so many attractions is one of the most popular destinations in LA. We approached it from Los Feliz, after visiting Lovell Health House and sundry other sights.

We enjoyed our time at the incomparable Observatory, and availed of a snack in the aptly named Cafe at the End of the Universe.

Best views of the Hollywood Sign are to be had from the Park. In the clarity of the morning sunshine it looked particularly impressive.

After strolling around we made our way to a Park exit passing the celebrated Greek Theatre.
Written January 22, 2020
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TPAT75
Oulu, Finland164 contributions
This is a great park for shorter or longer hikes and the views over LA are just great. We hiked first from the Observatory to Mt. Hollywood and from there to Mt. Lee behind the Hollywood Sign and from there down via Burbank Peak / Wonder View Trail. I totally recommend this hike but there are several other routes you can also take.
Written January 1, 2020
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hikinghappily62
South Bend, IN89 contributions
Family
We landed at Burbank and this was the first place we came based on reviews. So glad we listened! It was a lovely afternoon 12/30/19 with lots of people parking and walking to see the Hollywood sign. Great views of it from the Griffith Observatory (which was closed that day). Griffith Park is amazing and so large-I’m sure we only saw a small part of it yet we parked, walked quite a ways and all the way up to the observatory. If I lived here this would be a favorite spot for me. So many little paths and hikes to explore. We loved it!
Written January 11, 2020
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Jomumof3
Chichester, UK27 contributions
Family
We decided to drive to the top & pay the $10 parking fee. The track from the bottom was dusty & it was hot so not a popular choice for my lazy teens. If you go early or late it would be good though but wear trainers! Masks were required in the observatory but they are provided if you forget. You’ll need to show proof of vaccinations too. The shows look good but need to be pre-booked. The views are great- can be hazy but still worth it!
Written July 17, 2022
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